I have been colouring my hair for at least 20 years. Around five months ago, I decided to stop. It had become a monthly process, done at home, mainly to cover the grey hairs that appeared like little silver beacons each month, signalling that it was time to dye (with apologies to the writers of Bladerunner).
As my hair had become much darker than its natural hue due to the layer upon layer of colourant, it was not merely a case of stopping and letting it grow out. I wanted to find a way to strip the artificial colour out without a) it costing several hundred dollars at a salon, and, b) going bald.
And so, to the interweb! There were all kinds of wacky home remedy tips. One was scrubbing your hair with baking soda. Seriously. What I eventually found, and used, was a product called JoBaz, which I bought for $25 at Priceline. The box assured me that it “lifted” only the dye in the hair shaft, not your natural colour. Perfect.
The directions were quite bossy, but understandably so, given that I wanted to retain my hair. As instructed, I applied, rinsed for the required 6 minutes, applied the other stuff, rinsed for another 6 minutes and, hey presto! My hair was unharmed AND its natural colour for the first time in two decades.
And, what do you know? My natural colour suits me. My hair is healthier than ever before. My only dilemma now is the grey hairs, which are not super noticeable, but are becoming ever more numerous.I am 37. Do I embrace the grey at this relatively tender age? Or do I start dyeing again, but stick to a colour that matches my own?
What would you do? What do you do? I am dyeing to know. Boom tish.